LATEST: Shiri orders illegal settlers to vacate farms

President Emmerson Mnangagwa congratulating Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri after swearing in ceremony at state house recently. Picrture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa congratulating Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri after the swearing-in ceremony at state house recently. Picture by John Manzongo

Elita Chikwati Senior Agriculture Reporter
Government has ordered illegally resettled farmers to vacate the land immediately or face the wrath of the law. Briefing journalists after a meeting with Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs at his offices in Harare yesterday, Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri (Rtd) warned officials from his ministry to desist from engaging in corrupt activities when issuing out land, as this was a crime that attracted a jail term.
The meeting was meant to come up with a clear, uniform and consistent response to issues pertaining to land tenure and agriculture.

“If we are to meet the goals set out by Government to use agriculture as the mainstay of the economy, we need to ensure unquestionable sanity on the farms. To achieve that, the Zimbabwe Land Commission shall be seized with the responsibility of settling land disputes emanating from resettled farmers and shall report to the Minister from time to time. Constitutionalism should be the guiding principle and as such behaviour and actions not conforming to this are not permissible under whatever circumstances. Only those people with documentation of land occupancy and or those who were allocated land legitimately should remain on the farms and concentrate on production unhindered. All those who were illegally settled or who just settled themselves on resettlement land should vacate immediately,” said Air Marshal Shiri (Rtd).

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  • lolo

    Authoritative commands from someone who has never been voted for his entire bloody life!

    • ngoni

      Comrade wake up from your slumber. Tell me who among Donald Trump’s cabinet was elected. The president has the mandate and as part of exercising that mandate he makes certain appointments based on his discretion. He appoints judges who sometimes condemn people to death are they voted for. In fact what we need is to amend the constitution so that the president is empowered to appoint up to 50% of his cabinet from technocrats.

    • The Master

      saka unoda chaos kumba kwako here iwe?

  • James Dada

    Some order in the agro industry is welcome . Land is a crucial part of our economy so minister Shiri has good intentions for our country. The holiday is over for those who were not using the land productively. We really have to embrace change if we need to see any improvement in our economy.Land should be given to those who know how to use it not to lazy people,period!!

  • Mkoma SAM

    Hitting the ground Mr Shiri. We need actions than mere words in this area. We can’t continue to wait and see our agricultural lands being abused by ‘would-be-resettled farmers’. Let those who are productive on the farms,enjoy their stay. For idle bastards let them relocate to Mudzi and Muzarabani.

  • Tengenenge

    Action Priority number 1 should be addressing multiple farm ownership, then the underutilised farms, then the illegal settlers , Where possible, “illegal settlers” from the pre 2013 election or hondo yeminda era should be regularised .

  • tarch

    I like this…the man means serious business. Hande tione..

  • Sagatwell Masansa

    Illegal land occupiers are all over the CIGARO area of Chegutu where a previous councillor and war veteran sols pieces of land illegally and would settle people inside plots that would have been allocated to others already, through the legal means. If, for investigation purposes, you go to plot #### Cigaro, an illegal settler has built a 7 roomed house within the plot, legally allocated to someone in 2001. All the plots surrounding #### have issues. Either the current occupiers are settled where the papers are not in their names, or are forcing themselves into the land belonging to others. Endai munoona hw bad things are, to the detriment of the reputation of the land redistribution programme.

  • Humba Makombe

    tobiswa tishiiswepi? takauya ku bende kuti tirime mbatata, saka uda kuti tiendepi. itai mushe samusha..